US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for Covid-19. The president announced it on Twitter just before 6am UK time. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”, he wrote.
Earlier, the president’s close aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive to coronavirus. Hicks, who serves as counsellor to the president, accompanied Trump to the presidential debate on Tuesday and to a Minnesota rally on Wednesday, and tested positive on Thursday. Trump said he spends “a lot of time with Hope”.
The development comes almost exactly a month from polling day and after Trump’s re-election team rejected calls to change the rules of the next two presidential debates with Joe Biden.
Also overnight, the president moved a planned rally in western Wisconsin amid calls from a city mayor and the state’s governor urging him not to go ahead due to a surge in coronavirus cases.